Deepwater Horizon fallout: Worker Injury Claims

From Business Insurance 14/06/10:

BP and its contractors face an array of worker injury claims as well as questions over workforce safety practices as they marshal a massive cleanup operation in the Gulf of Mexico.

The sheer volume of workers used in the onshore and offshore cleanup operations and the toxic substances involved make workers compensation claims inevitable, experts say.

A BP spokesman said the company has 22,000 “hirees” and volunteers working on oil cleanup efforts, but he could not say how many are BP employees and how many are workers for contractors, who could be responsible for worker injury claims.

“There is no doubt about it, and then when you toss into the mix the toxicity of the materials they are working with then you have additional claims beyond the normal slipping on the deck of a boat or on the dock. Absolutely, there are going to be claims and that belies the bigger picture of any type of toxic exposure.”

personal injury oil spillI guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. The worst oil spill in US history, an unparalleled clean-up operation, and now a bevy of compensation claims popping up.  This arguably has the potential to sink BP for good.  (If they weren’t already, of course).

But it’s important to remember that two wrongs won’t make a right and low standards of safety for workers trying to limit the scale of the catastrophe will only ever make things worse. 


  1. This entire toxic scenario is frightening……
    Did You Know?
    BP engineers alerted federal regulators at the Minerals Management Service that they were having difficulty controlling the Macondo well (Deepwater Horizon) six weeks before the disaster, according to e- mails released by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

    “I don’t think this would have happened on Exxon’s watch,” Tom Bower, author of “The Squeeze: Oil, Money and Greed in the 21st Century,” said in a June 11 Bloomberg Television interview. “They’d be much more careful and much more conscious of the need to supervise subcontractors.”

    WELL excuse me your sainted Exxon……. and Chevron and ConocoPhillips.

    Let’s just take a look at a few of your past misdemeanours, and then we can consider again – if the moratorium on deepwater drilling should be lifted, and place it all firmly back into your nice clean hands!

  2. This arguably has the potential to sink BP's insurers for good. I wonder who they are

  3. Dangerous as it is, the whole oil spill scenario is bound to bring up a multitude of claims from BP primarily because of the looming danger of toxic materials that would soon affect the health of their workers.

    Injuries at work are quite common today. Some people usually consult a credible personal injury lawyer. Ottawa and other parts of the world have competent individuals who help their clients in asserting their rights. In most cities like Ottawa, personal injury lawyers file the necessary legal document that can make companies accountable to the damages incurred to the workers during the performance of their jobs.

    Hope the insurance companies would be able to cover all the affected employees. Thanks!

  4. The important difference between Worker's compensation & personal injury law is worker's compensation is personal injury occurs the individuals workplace or in scope of their employment and worker's compensation claim must brought to the Department of Industrial Accidents and the subject to the DIA's rules & regulations regarding worker's compensation claim.

  5. The attorney's office communicate with insurance company to get some idea of where they are with process. There is difference in process between insurance companies, they must be privy to all records associated with claim & will waiting for them alongside the attorney's office.


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